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Spring Learning is in the Air

Our Spring workshops are a go! There are a plethora of learning opportunities. All workshops are done out of our offices at 408 – 602 west hastings, just a block from Waterfront Skytrain stations. All workshops are done on a pay as you can model with an asking of $50. If payment is a barrier to you being able to take part, please sign up and let staff know at info@peernetbc.com

Foundations of Facilitation

Sat, Apr 11 2015 10:00 am – 04:00 pm

Understanding the role and responsibilities of a facilitator is an essential component for creating successful peer-led groups. In this 6 hour workshop, participants will be introduced to the principles of peer support, and learn how to create authentic and well-functioning peer support groups based on these principles. Participants will use that model to explore qualities and skills needed to effectively facilitate groups. We will also look into how these skills are valuable for all members of a peer-led group.

Exploring Facilitation Skills

Thu, Apr 16 2015 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm

Building on an understanding of the basic qualities and skills of facilitators as explored in the “Foundations of Facilitation” workshop, this workshop will delve deeper into specific facilitation skills and techniques that help facilitators to most effectively create safe, supportive and successful peer-led groups. This workshop will also include a component of practising facilitation skills. Prerequisite: “Introduction to Facilitation” or equivalent experience

Facili-nightmares

Tue, Apr 21 2015 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm

Facili-nightmares keep you awake? You are ready to facilitate, you’ve created a great agenda and prepped your materials. Then you stop and wonder, “What if no one participates?, What if someone creates an unsafe space or says something inappropriate? What if participants starts arguing with each other? What if they ask you something that you don’t have an answer to? Challenging certain group behaviours can be well, challenging, but we can overcome our facili-nightmares. In this frequently requested training, we will explore various group dynamics and share strategies and tools to effectively facilitate groups.

Power and Diversity

Thu, Apr 30 2015 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm

There is a systemic imbalance of power in our society and recognizing how it influences group dynamics is an essential skill for group facilitators and group members. In this 3 hour workshop, participants will be introduced to the staircase of oppression for understanding the imbalance of power in our society and how this imbalance manifests itself in groups. Through group discussion and experiential learning, participants will have an opportunity to broaden their perspectives on accessibility, inclusion, power and privilege

Boundaries and Self Care

Tue, May 05 2015 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm

Facilitating peer-led groups can be a very rewarding experience but it can also be very demanding. In order to avoid burnout and to make group facilitation sustainable over the long-run, it is essential for facilitators to have a clear understanding of personal boundaries and to practice self-care. In this 3 hour workshop, participants will explore concepts for understanding personal boundaries and self-care within the context of a peer-led group. The workshop will also offer practical tips and tools to help participants take what they have learned in the workshop and apply it to their real-life situations. Although aimed at facilitators, the materials in this workshop can also be beneficial to other members of peer-led groups.

Effective Allyship

Sat, May 09 2015 10:00 am – 04:00 pm

This interactive facilitated dialogue is a follow up to Power and Diversity and on-going personal development work. One cannot call themselves an ally, but rather demonstrate through action and deeds. Participants and facilitators will explore their own roles and relationships with systemic, positional and personal power. Participants will build tools for inclusive community based practices for leveling power dynamics in both professional and personal relationships.

Levelling Group Power Imbalances

Thu, May 14 2015 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm

As a follow up to the skills learned in Power and Diversity and through our series of facilitation workshops, participants will learn more tools for their facilitators’ toolkit and best practices for leveling power dynamics in a group setting. The influence of group dynamics will be explored. We include both preventative and corrective measures for dealing with systemic, positional, personal powers.

Community Engagement

Wed, May 20 2015 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm

In this 3 hour workshop, participants will explore effective practices in community mobilization, development and advocacy. The workshop will also offer tips and tools for engaging communities to mobilize and advocate for themselves. In addition, participants will learn the basics of advocating as an ally.

Consensus and other Models of Decision Making

Thu, Jun 04 2015 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm

Guiding and participating effectively in a group decision-making process is an important skill for both facilitators and group members. In this 3 hour workshop, we will explore different models of decision making and identify the efficacy and limitations of the various models. We will examine the use of inclusive participatory-style decision making to strengthen the way a group functions.

Inclusive Leadership

Tue, Jun 09 2015 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm

Inclusive leadership is being mindful that we don’t all come from the same place and neither do the folks we intend to lead. We will create shared understanding and definitions of leadership as well as identify expectations and values about leadership. We will explore various frameworks of leadership and build analysis of who we identify as leaders, how we are and can be leaders and the roles and responsibilities of leaders. Participants will reflect on and identify their own leadership skills, as well as how to involve others inclusively.